At first, the idea of remodeling a small bathroom might sound simpler than a larger one because there is less space involved. However, the lack of space, limited light and many features necessary for bathrooms can make these spaces surprisingly challenging to decorate. Thankfully, you can take advantage of some tried-and-true tips for making the bathroom appear larger and brighter while fitting in everything you need.
15 Small Bathroom Remodeling Ideas
Below are 15 bathroom remodeling ideas to make your small bathroom more pleasant and enjoyable to use.
1. Use Light And Reflective Paint
Some interior design experts recommend using a high-gloss paint that reflects light to give the room an airier feel. Using lighter colors on the walls and floors can also give the illusion of a larger space.
2. Install/Hang Plenty Of Mirrors
Most bathrooms already include a mirror above the sink, but you might want to consider a larger mirror installation to help open up space. A wall of mirrors can reflect light and make the room feel more spacious. If the idea of wall-to-wall mirrors is not appealing, consider adding multiple mirrors to just one wall.
3. Choose A Smaller Tile And Backsplash
Tile choice and size for bathrooms should be reflective of the style and size of the space. Smaller bathroom walls tend to look better with smaller ceramic tiles. In addition to providing balance to the room, these tiles are also often less expensive than their larger counterparts. If you do use smaller tile, consider extending the same tile across the floor, behind the sink and in the shower. This creates the effect of an unbroken surface, making the room appear much larger.
4. Incorporate Wall-Mounted Faucets
A wall-mounted faucet can save significant space while also looking modern and stylish. As an added bonus, this type of faucet is easier to clean than a traditional faucet.
5. Install Pocket Doors Where Possible
If space allows, consider replacing your existing bathroom door with a pocket door so that it can slide away into the wall rather than intruding on the limited floor space in the bathroom when open.
6. Choose Your Shower Door Wisely
Consider using a glass shower door instead of a shower curtain to give the illusion of more open space. Depending on the design of your shower, you may even choose to forgo the shower door entirely. If you simply cannot part with the idea of using a shower curtain, consider placing the rod as close to the ceiling as possible and hanging a long curtain in a solid color. This will elongate the walls and give the room a grander presence.
7. Add In A Shower Bench
Just because a bathroom is small does not mean that it cannot have a touch of luxury. One way you can give your bathroom some extra beauty and function without taking up a lot of space is by adding a floating bench inside the shower.
8. Lighting Is Everything
Lighting is everything in a small bathroom, particularly if there are no windows. Install plenty of bright lighting in your small bathroom, and be sure to add extra lights to the sink and mirror
9. Consider A Skylight
This trick will not work for every small bathroom, but if you are concerned about a lack of windows in the room, consider installing a skylight above the shower or sink area. In addition to opening up the room, it can brighten the space dramatically. Of course, the feasibility of a skylight will depend on the layout of your home.
10. Use Curves
Most bathrooms are filled with angular features, but a small bathroom can benefit from a vanity with edges that are soft and rounded. In addition to occupying less space, curved countertops create a more gentle surface if you bump into them.
11. Install Floating Shelves
Floating shelves are great features for smaller powder rooms because they don’t occupy floor space and they can provide plenty of extra areas for stowing bathroom essentials. For example, a floating shelf placed underneath the mirror is the ideal spot for storing hand soap and towels, especially if the sink is small and does not have much counter space surrounding it. Floating shelves can also be used for storing tissues, washcloths and decor items such as candles. Keep in mind that shelves can also be placed into corners to support decorative touches like vases.
12. Go Longer With The Countertop
It may sound counterintuitive to use a long countertop in a small bathroom. However, with a sink and long countertop in one piece, two people can get ready in a small bathroom at the same time and there is plenty of room underneath for hanging towels or stowing objects.
13. Go All White
Consider taking the idea of light colors even further by choosing all-white features. Although this may sound like it can get dull quickly, using a variety of interesting materials, such as stone counters and textured backsplashes, can still give the room some interest.
14. Use Clever Shower And Bath Storage
When space is at a premium in a bathroom, you might think that you need to pare down bathroom supplies. However, there are some essentials that every bathroom needs, such as shampoo and soap. Consider building niches into the wall behind your bathtub or shower where you can place products. If your small bathroom only has a freestanding tub, consider using a bathtub caddy or tray that rests across the top of the tub for your essentials.
15. Towel Bars Are Not Just For Walls
Towel bars can take up valuable wall space in a small bathroom. Although these bars may look elegant when they are installed, they can quickly crowd the room when towels are in place. Consider installing towel bars on the side of a floating sink or the back of the door instead.
Speak With A Professional Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
If you are ready to remodel your small bathroom, get in touch with the professional bathroom remodeling contractors at Dirt Connections to find out how they can help you make the most of this space and create a functional and appealing bathroom that will serve you for many years to come.
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